Taekwondo Kyorugi is the authority on taekwondo sparring. Written by Korean Olympic Gold Medalist Kuk Hyun Chung, WTF Deputy-Secretary General Kyung Myung Lee and Renowned Martial Arts Author Sang H. Kim, it is a direct translation of the original Korean text. Learn the skills, drills, strategies and methods used by Korean coaches and competitors for years. Footwork, kicks, hand target drills, heavy bag workouts, coaching, combinations, strategy, professional training, opponent analysis, conditioning, weight control, competition tips, official Olympic rules, scientific analysis of scoring, & more! 120 photos
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Customer Rating: Summary: Perhaps One Of The Finest Books Ever Written On The Subject Comment: Having been involved in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do for over 25 years and currently holding a 4th dan black belt in the art, I am always more critical on books and DVD's on the subject of Tae Kwon Do more so than I am towards most any other martial art, with an occasional exception or two. Therefore, I was almost a little reluctant to read this book, but relented anyhow after skimming through the first few pages.
Now normally I try and write a fairly complete and descriptive review on each unique section in a book, however, in this case I am going to forego my normal style and simply base my review on the overall quality of the entire book.
If you are already a senior ranking student (gup) or black belt in Tae Kwon Do, then this book will not only be a welcome addition to your martial arts library, but the information provided within it is very valuable and relevant to the subject of "free sparring" in Tae Kwon Do. I can't imagine anyone not being able to learn a considerable amount about the subject even at just a first cursory look through this book.
I found the material very well organized and easy to understand, if you already have a significant amount of experience in Tae Kwon Do. If you are a novice or beginner student, then I would recommend that you hold off on getting this book until you within a year or so of testing for black belt.
This book recommends that you primarily use the following three kicks in competition.
I should make note that its not that other kicks aren't used, it's just that these kicks tend to be more effective in the competition arena.
This book covers just about every possible subject that could or would come up on the subject of Tae Kwon Do "free sparring," although not all subjects are covered in great detail, they are discussed to varying degrees and offers the reader a pretty good overall view of the subject. I highly recommend this book to all individuals interested in Tae Kwon Do "free sparring."
Martial Artist/Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series. Customer Rating: Summary: Instructing Book for TKD Players Comment: I am a Japanese student. In Japan, there are few Japanese books of WTF taekwondo, so people uses English TKD books to learn taekwondo. And this book is one of the most popular TKD books in Japan. This fact would represent value of the book.
As for me, this book is felt to be very useful,too. It helped me constructing training menus and sparring strategies. It contains lots of helpful instructions. Customer Rating: Summary: Good for the serious competitor Comment: I've never been a fan of point sparring, but I have to admit this is a pretty good book. It's definetly not for the beginner, though. The technique section is very basic, giving only the briefest of discriptions on the kicks, but also providing suggestions on how the moves are best utilized. The book then goes into stratagies for TKD style sparring, though most of the drills and principles can be used by karateka as well. What does show a lot of depth is that the authors include chapters on sports medicine, nutrition, mental preparation, and conditioning. A lot of that information is useful to any serious martial artist who participates in point sparring, and I'd recoment the conditioning excersises be applied to any program. The book ends with a chapter on Olympic TKD rules, including weight classes and a list of fouls. A glossary follows. As this book was designed to prepare competitors and coaches for Olympic-level competition, I'd call it an essential publication to anyone who is competing at the national levels in any martial art point sparring. Customer Rating: Summary: A lot more than it looks Comment: I think this is a great book. If you ar looking for a big book with a lot of pictures in it, then this is not the book for you since wery few of the combinations are shown. But if you already know how to kick and how to punch, then that should not be a problem for you. Everyone involved in sparring as a practicioner or as a coach could learn a lot from this book. I certainly did, even thaug i practice ITF Taekwon-Do, since a lot of the bodywork and qualities you need are similar. Customer Rating: Summary: Didnt like it Comment: I didnt like this book and it was very boring. Its said the same things many times and the only thing I found useful were the moves that it showed. If this is the best book of TKD sparring I wonder what kind of books the others are.